• Full Time
  • Petoskey, Michigan
  • County: Emmet
  • Minimum Salary: $55,000
  • Maximum Salary: $65,000
  • Salary Type: Annual
  • Employer Type: Nonprofit
  • Experience Level: 2-5 years
  • Education Level: Associate degree

Website Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is dedicated to protecting our lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater through respected advocacy, innovative education, technically sound water quality monitoring, thorough research, and restoration actions. We achieve our mission by empowering others and we believe in the capacity to make a positive difference. We work locally, regionally, and throughout the Great Lakes Basin to achieve our goals.


The Business Manager works with an experienced administrative team and plays a central role in all aspects of the organization. This position offers an excellent opportunity for mentoring if needed and career advancement.


  • Managing accounting transactions and records (revenue, expenditures, accounts payable, billings, etc.), ensuring they are maintained in a responsible, timely, and accurate manner.
  • Reconciling monthly bank and credit card statements.
  • Coordinating contracts and grant projects to ensure they stay within budget, deliverables are completed within required deadlines, and periodic reports are submitted to grantors as required.
  • Helping onboard new employees.
  • Tracking time-keeping records and forwarding payroll information to the paycheck service provider, and ensuring all employment records, withholdings, and hiring practices comply with local, state, and federal laws.
  • Overseeing routine vendor services needed to maintain and update facilities, computers and software, phone system, security and safety measures, insurance, and benefits packages.
  • Reporting to the finance director and assisting with timely records needed for monthly and end-of the year financial reports and quarterly board meetings.


  • Business administration, accounting, or bookkeeping-related college degree or certificate, and experience demonstrating an understanding of financial procedures required to successfully manage a small business or nonprofit’s day-to-day accounting operations.
  • Efficient in using Microsoft Office and accounting software such as Sage Intacct, QuickBooks, or other comparable accounting software.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, a high level of computing accuracy, and detail oriented.
  • Project management skills and familiarity with project management software desirable.
  • Customer-service oriented.
  • Understanding of the confidential nature of personnel and financial data and information and associated protocols for securing confidential records.
  • Applicants with a passion for the outdoors, strong environmental ethic, and a sense of humor welcomed.


$55,000 – $65,000 negotiable based on experience; 40 hours/week, with a few weekend events.


Medical, disability, and life insurance; health savings account contribution; flexible spending accounts (medical and dependent care); retirement options include 403(b) or longevity compensation plans; paid sick and personal leave. Flexibility in weekly schedule and work site.


To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, RE: Business Manager, 426 Bay Street, Petoskey, MI 49770 or email to apply@watershedcouncil.org and note position title as the subject. Interviews will begin as soon as strong applications are received.

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